NatSci's Joey Huston invested as MSU Foundation Professor

Published April 21, 2017

Joey Huston, MSU NatSci physics and astronomy professor (left) receives his MSU Foundation Professor medal from Doug Gage, assistant vice president for research and graduate studies at MSU.

Joey Huston, Michigan State University College of Natural Science (NatSci) physics and astronomy professor, was honored as an MSU Foundation Professor on April 20 at an investiture ceremony held at the Biomedical and Physical Sciences building on campus.

The professorships, established in 2014, are part of an initiative to attract and retain highly successful faculty members. Each of the recipients receives five years of supplemental research support and holds the MSU Foundation Professor designation permanently.

“Joey is an internationally renowned expert in high energy physics,” said R. James Kirkpatrick, NatSci dean. “Having him as an MSU Foundation Professor will help guarantee the continued growth of the quality and impact of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, the college and the university.”

Huston is an expert in experimental high energy physics and high energy physics phenomenology, and plays an instrumental role in global parton distribution fits, and in standard model and Higgs boson analyses in the ATLAS experiment at CERN. He is a member of the Higgs Cross Section Working Group and the PDF4LHC Working Group at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland.

“MSU has been a great place to do research,” Huston said. “I am very happy to have spent my career here, and look forward to continuing as a Spartan.”

Huston received his B.S. in physics from Carnegie-Mellon University and his Ph.D. in experimental high energy physics from the University of Rochester. He came to MSU in 1985 as a visiting assistant professor and formally joined the faculty in 1986. He is also a visiting professor at the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology at Durham University in the United Kingdom.

Huston has more than 1,300 publications and has written a book for Oxford University Press on quantum chromodynamics (QCD) at the LHC, to be published in the fall of 2017. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and served six years as co-spokesperson of the Coordinated Theoretical Experimental Project on QCD Collaboration.